For the first time, a person in New Jersey has been placed into mandatory quarantine over the threat of the coronavirus, the state health department confirmed Wednesday morning.
The woman — who is not a New Jersey resident — flew from Hubei, China to Newark Liberty International Airport on Tuesday, the department said.
The woman did not show any symptoms of the virus, the department said. But because she was in Hubei — the Chinese province where the virus originated — as of Tuesday, the woman was ordered into a mandatory 14-day quarantine, the department said.
The woman was taken to an undisclosed location in Essex County, where the New Jersey Department of Health will monitor her for symptoms the next 14 days.
“The risk of novel coronavirus transmission in New Jersey residents remains low,” said Nicole Kirgan, a spokeswoman for the department.
New Jersey has no confirmed cases of coronavirus.
The woman landed in Newark on United Flight 87 around 6 p.m. Tuesday, said the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter.
The state also created a website and a hotline — 1-800-222-1222 — to answer questions about the virus.
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